Kejriwal announces Rs 551 cr loan for Delhi civic bodies

RSTV Bureau

garbageTo bring an end to the garbage mess in the capital, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced that the Delhi government will extend a loan of Rs 551 crore to two civic bodies.

The CM said that the North Delhi Municipal Corporation will also be paid 142 crore against the stamp duty bill, which it had sought last week.

As the sanitation workers’ strike entered its 8th day, the AAP chief accused the Centre of flaring the ongoing strike so that a situation is created to impose Central rule in the state.

“An impression is being created as if Delhi Government is responsible for the financial mess in the MCDs which have been ruled by BJP for the last 10 years. There are huge scams in MCDs. A situation is being created through the strike of the municipal workers to show that there is a crisis in Delhi…The Modi government has dictatorial tendencies. Someone told me they are trying to create a situation to impose President’s Rule in Delhi the way they imposed it in Arunachal Pradesh,” the Chief Minister said while clarifying that the AAP government did not owe any money to the civic bodies.

Kejriwal also demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged scams conducted by the civic bodies.

“If CBI could probe us then why not the MCDs. We had ordered inspection of accounts of the civic bodies but they refused to cooperate,” alleged the CM.

He also called for fresh municipal polls by immediately dissolving the present bodies. He claimed that a joint front of 19 Unions of MCD Employees wanted to dissolve the present bodies and bring them under Delhi Government.

The sanitation staff of the municipal bodies in Delhi has been on strike for the past 8 days over non-payment of dues. This has crippled the garbage disposal system. To make matters worse, teachers, doctors, nurses and contractors of the civic bodies have also joined the sanitation workers in their strike.

It was Lt Governor Najeeb Jung who had recommended the AAP government to extend “conditional” loans to the civic bodies on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, protesters upped their ante by holding massive rallies and choking roads in the capital. Striking workers blocked major roads throwing peak hour traffic out of gear.

(With inputs from PTI)